John Florez: Legislators have duty to 'oversee' not 'overlook'

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  • Patrick
    April 8, 2008 9:24 a.m.

    To "easily confused", its called money and power. In my opinion, the special interest group finances the candidate. The lobbyist (who works for the special interest group) works to ensure the candidate is elected. The special interest group and the lobbyist work with House and Senate leadership to ensure the candidate stays in office. The candidate then becomes obligated to the special interest group, the lobbyist, and House and Senate Leadership to support special legislation
    and other laws that will ensure all their jobs will be secure. Many of these new laws are passed on the last day of the session when people are tired and don't have the time to read what is being voted on (hence, the argument of too many bills). On the other hand, some of the good laws (ethics reform, term limits, etc) are pushed aside by the "too many bills" and held up in the Rules Committee to die a quiet death. Generally, if one isn't wealthy, or have the support of a special interest group, or of a core group of legislators in leadership, it may be hard to get elected. Just my opinion.

  • Easily Confused
    April 7, 2008 8:20 p.m.

    Just exactly how do these clowns keep getting re-elected? They screw up every year. People complain to high heaven every year. Then every two years the same idiots keep getting re-elected.

    What's wrong with this picture?

  • Andy
    April 7, 2008 12:48 p.m.

    Hooray for John Florez! We the people are being held hostage by a small group of right wing dictators who think they know best. Please, please vote them out.

  • We Need Local Control
    April 7, 2008 8:11 a.m.

    "To keep government lean, flexible and responsive to current state needs" you need to keep it small and local. We have too much government, especially at the federal, state, and school district levels. We need to return governance to the individual and the local city/town. Let's have the US Congress meet 45 days every year. Let's have the Utah Legislature meet 30 days every other year. Let's have a part-time governor. Let's abolish the state school board, the state office of education, and local school districts, while empowering families and cities to meet their own educational needs.

    Wait, that might make government too lean, too flexibility, and too responsive to current needs. Oh well, we can always hope, can't we?

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2008 6:04 a.m.

    Has anyone else noticed that all of Florez's op-eds sound the same? No data, no analysis, no facts, just a lot of complaining about legislators and name calling.

    I guess the News is thinking that since this approach works for Rolly, it should work for Florez.